Principal Owner & Chair of the Board of Directors
Tony Ressler led the group that acquired the Atlanta Hawks Basketball Club in June 2015, and he serves as the Club's Principal Owner and Chair.
Ressler is Co-Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Ares Management L.P., a publicly traded, leading global alternative asset management firm with assets under management with more than $100 billion as of the start of the regular season. Ares operates three investment groups that invest in credit, private equity, and real estate. Ares has more than 900 employees with offices in Atlanta in addition to its headquarters in Los Angeles and other offices in New York, Chicago, Dallas, London, Paris, Frankfurt, Stockholm and Shanghai. Ares Management's current portfolio includes investments in several Atlanta area-based businesses including Floor & Décor Outlets of America, Inc., Serta Simmons Bedding, and Insight Global.
In the not-for-profit sector, Ressler serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, as Co-Chair of the Board of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and as a member of the Board of Trustees of Georgetown University. He is also one of the founding members of the Board and Finance Co-Chair of the Painted Turtle Camp (affiliated with Paul Newman's Hole in the Wall Association), which serves children dealing with chronic & life-threatening illnesses by providing old-fashioned camping experiences.
In the public education sector, Ressler is a Founder of the Alliance for College Ready Public Schools. Since 2004, the Alliance has grown to 28 free public middle- and high-schools serving approximately 12,500 students from the poorest communities with historically underperforming schools within the Los Angeles Unified School District. Four Alliance schools have been named California Distinguished Schools, and three are ranked in the top 10 of all LA Unified schools. More than 90% of Alliance graduates have gone on to college.
Ressler received his B.S.F.S. from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service and received his MBA from Columbia University's Graduate School of Business.
Tony and his wife, actress Jami Gertz, have three sons—Oliver, Nicholas, and Theo.